Google to pay $90 million to settle legal fight with app developers

Google to pay $90 million to settle legal fight with app developers
Google has been accused of using agreements with smartphone makers to shunt most payments through its Google Play billing system with a default service fee of 30 percent. (Reuters)
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Updated 01 July 2022

Google to pay $90 million to settle legal fight with app developers

Google to pay $90 million to settle legal fight with app developers
  • Some 48,000 app developers are eligible to apply for the $90 million fund, if the court approves the proposed settlement

WASHINGTON: Alphabet Inc’s Google has agreed to pay $90 million to settle a legal fight with app developers over the money they earned creating apps for Android smartphones and for enticing users to make in-app purchases, according to a court filing.
The app developers, in a lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco, had accused Google of using agreements with smartphone makers, technical barriers and revenue sharing agreements to effectively close the app ecosystem and shunt most payments through its Google Play billing system with a default service fee of 30 percent.
As part of the proposed settlement, Google said in a blog post it would put $90 million in a fund to support app developers who made $2 million or less in annual revenue from 2016-2021.
“A vast majority of US developers who earned revenue through Google Play will be eligible to receive money from this fund, if they choose,” Google said in the blog post.
Google said it would also continue to charge a 15 percent commission to developers who make $1 million or less annually from the Google Play Store. It started doing this in 2021.
The court must approve the proposed settlement.
There were likely 48,000 app developers eligible to apply for the $90 million fund, and the minimum payout is $250, according to Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, who represented the plaintiffs.
Apple Inc. agreed last year to loosen App Store restrictions on small developers, striking a deal in a class action. It also agreed to pay $100 million.
In Washington, Congress is considering legislation that would require Google and Apple to allow sideloading, or the practice of downloading apps without using an app store. It would also bar them from requiring that app providers use Google and Apple’s payment systems. 


 


Saudi PIF acquires stakes in 4 Egyptian companies for about $1 billion: Asharq sources

Saudi PIF acquires stakes in 4 Egyptian companies for about $1 billion: Asharq sources
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Saudi PIF acquires stakes in 4 Egyptian companies for about $1 billion: Asharq sources

Saudi PIF acquires stakes in 4 Egyptian companies for about $1 billion: Asharq sources

RIYADH: The Saudi Egyptian Investment Co., affiliated with the Saudi Public Investment Fund, has acquired stakes in 4 Egyptian companies, for about $1 billion, Asharq reported citing sources.

The four companies are E-Finance for Financial and Digital Investments, Abu Qir Fertilizers and Chemical Industries, MOPCO and Alexandria Container & Cargo Handling Co.

 


Saudi Industrial Production Index rose by 21% in June

Saudi Industrial Production Index rose by 21% in June
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Saudi Industrial Production Index rose by 21% in June

Saudi Industrial Production Index rose by 21% in June

RIYADH: Saudi Industrial Production Index increased by 20.8 percent from a year ago, according to data from General Authority for Statistics.

"The IPI continued to show positive growth rates due to the high production in mining & quarrying, and manufacturing activity," Gastat said in a statement today.


Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Wednesday

Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Wednesday
Updated 10 August 2022

Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Wednesday

Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Wednesday

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s main stock index gained 0.3 percent on Tuesday, buoyed by chemical giant Saudi Basic Industries Corp. which posted higher second-quarter profits.

TASI closed the session at 12,330, while the parallel Nomu market added 0.6 percent to 22,199.

Abu Dhabi and Dubai advanced by 0.2 and 1.1 percent, respectively, while Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait all lost between 0.1 and 0.3 percent. The Bahraini index finished flat.

Outside the Gulf, Egypt’s EGX30 closed 0.8 percent lower.

Oil prices retreated on Wednesday, with Brent crude down to $95.65 a barrel and US West Texas Intermediate reaching $89.73 a barrel by 9:06 a.m. Saudi time.

Stock news

Filling and Packing Materials Manufacturing Co.’s board proposed a SR115 million ($31 million) capital increase through a rights issue

Bupa Arabia for Cooperative Insurance Co. received final approval from the Saudi Central Bank to sell its new insurance product "Bupa Policy Benefit Upgrade" in the Kingdom

National Gas and Industrialization Co. recorded a 14 percent decline in net profit to SR105 million during the first half of 2022

Walaa Cooperative Insurance Co.’s losses widened to SR27 million during the first half of 2022, compared to SR13 million in the same period last year

Abdullah Al-Othaim Markets Co. approved the sale of SR211 million worth of land owned by the company in Al-Madinah Al-Munawarh

Al-Jouf Agricultural Development Co. saw its profits jump 203 percent during the first half of 2022 to SR22 million

Al-Jouf Agricultural will distribute cash dividends of SR0.5 per share to shareholders for the first half of 2022

Saudi miner Almasane Alkobra Mining Co.’s profits dropped 11 percent to SR82 million during the first half of 2022

Southern Province Cement Co. reported a 42 percent profit drop to SR150 million for the first half of 2022

Profits of Theeb Rent a Car Co. rose by 68 percent to SR86 million during the first half of 2022

Baazeem Trading Co.’s half-year profit was down 8.5 percent to SR13.4 million

Shareholders of Baazeem Trading Co. are set to receive SR0.7 per share in cash dividends for the first half of 2022

Calendar

August 14, 2022

Saudi Aramco will announce its financial results for the second quarter of 2022

Close of Naba Alsaha Medical Services Co.’s IPO subscription


Al-Jouf Agricultural profit jumps 203% as sales and margins rise in H1

Al-Jouf Agricultural profit jumps 203% as sales and margins rise in H1
Updated 10 August 2022

Al-Jouf Agricultural profit jumps 203% as sales and margins rise in H1

Al-Jouf Agricultural profit jumps 203% as sales and margins rise in H1

RIYADH: Al-Jouf Agricultural Development Co. saw its profits jump 203 percent during the first half of 2022 driven by higher sales and profit margins.

The Saudi-listed company boosted its profit to SR22 million ($6 million) in the first half of this year, up from SR7 million for the same period a year ago, according to a bourse filing.

The company's revenue increased to SR124 million from SR117 million for the same period last year

In line with the profit, Al-Jouf Agricultural said it will distribute cash dividends of SR0.5 per share to shareholders for the first half of 2022.

Founded in 1988, Al-Jouf Agricultural Development Co. is engaged in the production of strategic agricultural crops such as wheat, potatoes and onions.


TASI-listed GASCO sees 14% decline in H1 profits even as sales edge higher

TASI-listed GASCO sees 14% decline in H1 profits even as sales edge higher
Updated 10 August 2022

TASI-listed GASCO sees 14% decline in H1 profits even as sales edge higher

TASI-listed GASCO sees 14% decline in H1 profits even as sales edge higher

RIYADH: Saudi-listed National Gas and Industrialization Co. saw its profits drop 14 percent during the first half of 2022, despite higher sales.

Profits of the Riyadh-based gas firm reached SR105 million in the first half of 2022, down from SR122 million in the same period last year, according to a bourse filing.

This came despite an increase in revenue which reached SR989 million during the same period.

The company attributed the weak performance to a SR21 million decline in investments’ income and a decrease in investing fund revenues.